Like mastering the yo-yo, writing a bluegrass song is a feat that involves a stringed instrument and a limitless number of lonely days. Join in the melodic lamentations with today's GrouponLive deal to the Red White and Bluegrass Festival at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton, running from 12:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Sunday, July 1, to Wednesday, July 4. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get a single-day ticket (up to a $30 value).
- For $42, you get a four-day pass (up to an $85 value).
The ninth-annual Red White and Bluegrass Festival unites ears at Catawba Meadows Park with the floating notes of more than 30 different bluegrass acts over five days (including the free Fan Appreciation Day acts on June 30, which are followed by a firework display). Bring a blue lawn chair and delight in the high, lonesome sound of such headliners as Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers, known for singing gospel traditionals and mournful narratives in a rich, clear twang. The sextet Blue Highway spiritedly plucks through folk tunes with banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and dobro, and Rhonda Vincent & the Rage treat audiences to cuts culled from a 40-year career, all laced with Vincent's crystalline, yet powerful pipes. Half of the bands in the 2012 lineup have never performed at the festival, and the other half have been playing a collaborative art piece together since the festival's inception nine years ago.